Orlando - Nursing Program Outlines

Nurse Shortage in Florida

According to a report released December 2011 by the Florida Hospital Association, Florida has a great need for healthcare workers. The report notes that 75 percent of hospitals in Florida are already understaffed for nurses, and they expect an increase to 50,000 unfilled full-time registered nursing positions by 2025. Get prepared for this highly in-demand field!

Nursing Program Comparison Chart

ProgramCreditsMonths
Diploma in Practical Nursing - Florida1350 clock hrs.12
Associate of Science in Nursing7522
Associate of Science in Nursing - LPN to ASN Bridge7518
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Florida12036
Bachelor of Science in Nursing - LPN to BSN Bridge12032
*Average number of months for students to complete program
 

Diploma in Practical Nursing - Florida

This practical nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN®). Graduates will be prepared to integrate nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and basic nursing skills into the healthcare environment while coordinating care for clients. Theoretical and laboratory instruction are further enhanced by simulation and clinical experience in the acute, long-term, and community-based healthcare facilities. The curriculum is concept-based, with emphasis placed on patient safety, legal and ethical issues, and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the practical nurse. Download Program Course Sheet

Associate of Science in Nursing

The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing Program prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to begin a nursing career. Theoretical instruction is complimented with clinical experience in a variety of healthcare settings in order to provide a broad, holistic, and reality-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse. Students will participate in planned clinical and laboratory experiences that will complement classroom learning and will stress health prevention and promotion as well as disease processes. Download Program Course Sheet

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN NURSING - BRIDGE TO ASN

This LPN to ASN completion program is open to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who have completed a practical nursing program approved by a state board of nursing. This associate degree nursing program is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing (FBON) and prepares students to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and to begin a professional nursing career. Graduates will be prepared to integrate nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and nursing skills in the healthcare environment in order to provide a broad, holistic, and concept-based understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the registered nurse. Courses are designed for students to attend planned clinical and laboratory experiences that will complement classroom learning and development of the critical thinking skills necessary to apply nursing concepts across the health continuum. Download Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Florida

This bachelor of science in nursing professional program builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities, and multidisciplines. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions as a baccalaureate-prepared registered nurse. Students graduating from this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain Florida RN licensure.

The curriculum is concept-based and moves from simple to complex learning and application to analysis utilizing critical thinking, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice. The curriculum is designed to facilitate complex thinking and deeper understanding of nursing concepts. The curriculum actively engages students and faculty, leading to discovery, reflection, and thoughtful application of nursing knowledge across the life-span and in culturally diverse populations. The conceptual framework for the program is based on Ida Jean Orlando's Nursing Process Theory and incorporates QSEN guidelines.

The BSN curriculum framework encompasses The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Nursing and the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) Core Values and Educational Competencies and incorporates the adult learning theory. Graduates will be primary providers of direct and indirect care in many different settings, including acute care, long-term, and community health. In providing care, nurses will also serve as patient advocates and educators. The focus of care may be an individual, a group, or a specific population. Graduates will also be prepared to assume first-line management positions. Emphasis is placed on the importance of nursing research and evidence-based practice. The program provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in nursing. Download Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Bridge to BSN

The Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge is a professional program that builds on a foundation of knowledge in science, humanities, multi-disciplines, and prior nursing knowledge. Students graduating from this program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to obtain Florida RN licensure.

The BSN curriculum is concept-based and moves from simple to complex learning and application to analysis utilizing critical thinking, the nursing process, and evidence-based practice. The curriculum is designed to facilitate complex thinking and deeper understanding of nursing concepts. The curriculum actively engages students and faculty leading to discovery, reflection, and thoughtful application of nursing knowledge across the lifespan and in culturally diverse populations. The conceptual framework for the program is based on Ida Jean Orlando’s Nursing Process Theory and incorporates QSEN guidelines.

The BSN curriculum framework encompasses The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Standards of Nursing, and the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) Core Values and Educational Competencies and incorporates the adult learning theory. In providing care, nurses will also serve as patient advocates and educators. The focus of care may be an individual, a group, or a specific population. Emphasis is placed on the importance of nursing research and evidence-based practice. The program provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in nursing. Download Program Course Sheet

First Step: Come to a Nursing Information Session

Interested students should attend an upcoming nursing information session at the Orlando campus. During the session, you will learn about the nursing programs and how to apply. Contact Admissions to RSVP for a session.

Stand out with a BSN

With all that growth, it’s important to note that many higher-paying and more challenging positions are open only to nurses with a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Administrative or management positions, for example, require a higher level of education.

A bachelor’s degree is also a prerequisite for admission to graduate nursing programs. This means earning your BSN will be a necessary stepping stone on your path to a career in:

  • Research
  • Consulting
  • Teaching
  • Advanced-practice nursing, such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist, nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner

Open the door to more possibilities

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing could be right for you if you want to:

  • Experience new challenges and opportunities
  • Take on management responsibilities
  • Expand your potential
  • Specialize in an advanced area of nursing
  • Teach
  • Consult

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